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FW is back after running over Raiders
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way Eagles got back on track Friday afternoon and it came against crosstown rival Jefferson. The Eagle baseball team pounded the Raiders, 11-2, to remain one game back of the first-place Curtis Vikings.
The win moves Federal Way to 14-3 overall and 12-3 in the South Puget Sound League. The loss drops TJ to 10-7 overall and 9-6 in league play, which leaves them in a third-place tie with Puyallup.
The Eagles had suffered through a midseason slump, where the four-time defending SPSL South champs lost three out of four. But Federal Way put together a solid all-around performance against the Raiders Friday afternoon.
I really liked the way we played, said Federal Way coach Eric Fiedler. Its nice to have that little burst of energy. We were very, very ready and focused for that game.
The Eagles pitching gave up only two hits, which included a two-run home run by TJ shortstop Dusty Farkas. The offense pounded out 10 hits, including four home runs, and they didnt make an error defensively. Senior Josh Elmquist moved to 5-0 on the year by throwing six strong innings for the Eagles.
He doesnt do anything that is going to wow you, Fiedler said. He just gets the job done.
Federal Way senior Kyle Henselman gave Elmquist all the run support he would need in his first two at-bats. The left-hander, who has committed to play next year at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, homered his first two times at the plate off TJ starter James Partridge. Henselman hit a line-drive two-run shot over the center field fence in the top of the first and golfed a solo home run to right in the third to put Federal Way up 3-0. Henselman finished 3-for-4 with three runs.
Hes hitting like .515, so we are kind of getting used to that, Fiedler said. Im not sure where you pitch him. He is a very, very tough out.
The Eagles scored three more runs in the fifth, thanks to a two-run triple to right field by senior Thomas Watts, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three in the sixth on a three-run homer by leadoff hitter Nick Harteau.
Federal Way added two more in the seventh to take an 11-0 lead on a two-run blast from junior Jon Flood, who finished 2-for-4.
Farkas home run gave the Raiders their only runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The first-year high school got a blowout 17-5, five-inning win over Bethel Thursday. The Titans (4-11, 6-11) scored in every inning, including five runs each in the second and fourth innings. In total, Beamer had 17 hits in five innings.
Jeremy Miller finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs, Jonathan Nilsen was 2-for-4 with three runs, Kyle Murray was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, Kyle Krzynieski was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and also pitched all five innings, Logan Capp was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs and Matt Hart was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Titans.
Emerald Ridge 10, Beamer 6
Emerald Ridge scored five runs in the top of the seventh to beat Beamer Friday. Adam Capp finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Logan Capp had two RBIs for the Titans.
The Gators (8-7, 8-9) were shut out by the Spanaway Lake Sentinels Friday afternoon, 6-0. The Decatur offense couldnt get anything going offensively. The Gators had only four hits. Ross Humes lost his first game on the mound for Decatur. The loss dropped the Gators in to fifth place in the SPSL South.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com